Listen to Krista Tippett’s interview with Maria Tatar, where the two discuss why adults like fairy tales, and why there are fairy tales written specifically for adults.
Could this explain why adults enjoy reading YA lit of all kinds? Do YA protagonists face issues that continue into adulthood, ones that we’re still dealing with and YA lit helps us understand? Or are we indulging ourselves with nostalgic visits to earlier times, when we were younger and problems were smaller and simpler?
Something to think about.